Galatians 2:4-5 – And that because of false brethren unawares brought in, who came in privily to spy out our liberty which we have in Christ Jesus, that they might bring us into bondage. To whom we gave place by subjection, no, not for an hour; that the truth of the gospel might continue with you.
How do you handle Christian critics?
For instance: the people that ask why we use the term ‘emerging’ when describing our disciples. The emergent church, as opposed to the emerging church, has stirred up quite a debate; thereby placing a stigmata on the term. The reason we use that particular word is because I think it best describes what happens in the life of a disciple. Disciples are evolving, and becoming visible and apparent. This emergence is a life long process.
Another example would be people that have an issue with naming our Halloween Carnival a Halloween Carnival; instead of other more Christianized terms.
To be honest, I don’t engage them much at all (unless they are sincere people that are trying to find their way to Jesus at ConnectPoint). Otherwise, I feel like I am feeding the frenzy that generally occurs when sharks smell blood in the water.
Our primary audience at ConnectPoint is Jesus. We are there to please Him. Secondly, we are trying to reach people that don’t care if you use Halloween in the title of your church event (the unchurched). These people don’t care about the emerging church. They want Jesus.
I am allotted only so much time each week. I would rather spend it explaining how to become an emerging disciple to a brand new believer, then I would arguing why we use the term emerging to somebody that already knows Jesus and just wants to debate.
This doesn’t mean that I don’t love everybody. It just means that I have placed a premium on people that are hungry for Jesus, and I don’t argue with Christians that have their hands full of issues.